Boys sweep four games in South Dakota, volleyball splits matches

Kyleigh Doering (left) and Sydnie Kampschroer (right) block above the net during straight-set, summer league volleyball victory over Class AA St. Charles. Photo by S. Lee Epps
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S. Lee Epps

Summer action was in full swing with varsity volleyball and basketball for the girls. Some high school boys played baseball on Thursday in Minnesota, four basketball games on Friday and Saturday in South Dakota and football on Sunday in Wisconsin before being back on the baseball diamond in Minnesota as this edition was going to press on Monday.

One highlight saw the boys sweeping all four basketball games against quality competition over the weekend.


Spring Grove (2-2) split two matches against Class AA competition in the second week of the four-week slate in Winona.

SG 3, St. Charles 0 (25-15, 25-18, 15-12)

Mariah Edgington had 18 of 32 Lion kills while Sydnie Kampschroer served four aces.

Down 8-9 in set one, SG scored the next nine points, including three kills from Amelia Solum.

The Lions led all of set two after scoring the first four points. Edgington put away seven of the 11 kills.

The third set was up for grabs with five tie scores. Down 11-10, SG closed with a 5-1 run with three kills and a block from Edgington along with a kill from Addyson McHugh.  


Stewartville 3, SG 0 (25-13, 25-18, 15-3)

SG challenged perennial powerhouse Stewartville in only one of three sets. Set one was decided by Lion errors.

SG had far fewer miscues in the second set and led 17-16 before the Tigers closed with a 9-1 run. Edgington scored with 5 kills and 3 early blocks.

Stewartville gave away no error points while dominating set three, scoring 9 of the 15 points with kills.



Before the successful trip to South Dakota, the varsity boys could not keep up all game against several college-bound athletes from Las Crosse Central during Tuesday night league play at La Crosse.

Varsity boys 31, La Crosse Central 75

With three NCAA Division I prospects, Central was a "tall order" for the Lions. Taller at every position, the Raiders dominated near the glass. When Spring Grove took the ball inside, there was either a steal, a blocked shot or a foul. SG hit 7 of 13 free throws.

Central scored both inside and out, including 10 speedy fast breaks and 10 buckets beyond the 3-point arc.

In addition to the major height advantage, there were also two lightning-quick, muscular Raider guards who were difficult to contain in either the half court or open court attack. 

The Lions, however, did score first, and after six lead changes, led 16-14 with Noah Elton's third 3-point basket.

And then, Central launched an incredible 37-3 run that turned a heretofore competitive game into a resounding rout.

All five Lion 3-point field goals came while scoring 19 points before halftime. They managed only three baskets while adding only 11 points in the second half.

Elton led Lion scoring with 15 points with Alex Folz adding 10.



Coach Wade Grinde was pleased with the performance of the varsity basketball boys in each of their four wins against quality competition on June 15 and 16 at a team camp at the University of Sioux Falls (S.D.). Despite the final scores, all four games were close well into the second half.

Spring Grove 69 Aberdeen Roncalli 46

A quick, athletic team forced the Lions to change defenses in the first few minutes. SG was up by only six points at half and did not pull away until late.

Spring Grove 71, Bridgewater-Emery 50

B-E had one good college prospect, and again the game was close most of the way.

Spring Grove 68, Sioux Falls Washington 55

With an enrollment of 1,800, this was one of the largest schools the Lions have ever faced.  SG trailed late (by four or five points) before Caden Grinde nailed back-to-back 3-pointers.

SG defeated  Sioux City West

The Lions won by three points with West missing a half-court shot at the buzzer. It was another back-and-forth tight contest against a school from the largest classification in Iowa, 

Folz was able to hit free throws to preserve a late lead.


B-Team boys 42, La Crescent III 45

The game was decided at the free throw line where the Lancers scored their final nine points. La Crescent Team 3 hit as many free throws (13 for 18) as Spring Grove attempted (8 for 13). 

The Lions scored the first six points, led by four at halftime (16-12) and were up by six (24-18) before La Crescent scored seven straight to finally take the lead.

It was the first of four lead changes before three perimeter baskets put the Lancers ahead for good and set up the late parade to the foul line.

Leading only 40-39, La Crescent hit 5 of 6 free throws in the final 1:07.

B-Boys 59, Viroqua IV 22

The B-team Lions broke a 4-4 tie with a 14-point run, and it was never close again versus Viroqua Team Four. Ten Lions scored with six different players contributing to seven 3-point field goals.



Summer league play began at Viterbo University on June 12 with only six Spring Grove players taking on a couple of larger Wisconsin schools.

La Cross Central 50, SG 21 

La Crosse Central was solid with a definite height advantage inside. SG scored 14 points against a man defense in the first half (23-14) but added only seven points versus a 1-3-1 zone after intermission.

The Lions shot only 25% overall, including only 1 for 8 from 3-point land. Coach Kody Moore was pleased with the offensive effectiveness of guard Amelia Solum, who put in 16 of the Lions’ 21 points.


Tomah 48, SG girls 26

SG scored first but never led again. The Wolves broke a 3-3 tie with a seven-point run. But the Lions were down only 14-12 until Tomah took control with a 12-2 run for a 26-14 halftime lead.

SG never got closer than 10 points while being outscored 22-12 in the second half.

The Lions launched twice as many 3-pointers in the second half as they had before halftime but hit the same percentage (12.5%, 2 for 16). The girls shot only 24% overall and had no offensive rebounds. 

SG limited Tomah to only two free throws (2 for 2), but the Lions connected on only 6 of their 15 charity attempts.


>>>7-on-7 FOOTBALL

Spring Grove was edged out by Onalaska before swamping Sparta as the annual 7-on-7, all-passing football competition began at UW-La Crosse on June 17. There are multiple methods of scoring on both offense and defense.

Overall, Alex Folz completed 30 of 53 passes (57%), including 11 touchdown tosses. On defense, he had three of the four Lion interceptions.

Ethan Matzke caught 10 passes (3 TDs) while gridiron newcomer Kai Bjerke had 9 receptions and a team-high 5 touchdowns. He also picked off one Sparta pass.

Takoda Boyd reeled in six passes, snatching one deflected pass as he was falling to the turf. Caden Grinde had 4 catches, 3 for touchdowns. Carson Gavin had one reception

Onalaska 32, SG 29

Folz completed 12 of 28 passes with one interception, including three touchdown tosses. The Hilltoppers completed 14 of 33 with one pick-off for four TDs.

SG defeated Sparta

The final score was unavailable. Folz completed 18 of 25 (72%) with one interception with 8 touchdowns while the Spartans were only 11 for 31 with 3 interceptions and four touchdowns.